Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. Email announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man in The Mirror Conference: Hunger & Thirst Christian Movement ministries, men's conference to enhance life skills, educate, develop better character, increase awareness and show responsibility, Friday-Sunday, 1959 Martin Luther King Drive, Sarasota. Information: Darnell Jenkins, founder Hunger & Thirst Christian Movement, 941-896-0555 or email email@example.com.
Buddha Birthday: Celebration of Liberation and Bliss, Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 State Road 64 E., Bradenton, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Parade, meditation, chanting, Dhamma talk, music, bathing baby Buddha and Asian vegetable dinner, $15 suggested donation. Information: 941-751-6950.
OMC Festival of Prayer: The Body of Christ will gather 3-6 p.m. Sunday, at Mount Raymond Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2410 Fourth Ave. E., Palmetto, for Palmetto Build celebration of 2014 International Global Day of Prayer. Public invited. Information: Pastor Lawrence Livingston, 941-713-4492 or lclcornel The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 7:30 -8:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 18 and 25. Cost $75 or $135 per couple. Course sponsored by Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Film Series: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 2 p.m. Sunday, with screening of "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story." Admission $5. Information: 941-351-8766.
Lunch with the Rabbi -- Amish Style: New twist to Temple Emanu-El's "Lunch with the Rabbi" program with Rabbi Brenner Glickman, noon June 11, at Der Dutchman, 3717 Bahai Vista between McIntosh and Beneva. Reservations not required. Lunch costs $13.80. Information: 941-371-2788.
Bradenton Christian Women's Connection Lunch: Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W. Bradenton, 11 a.m. Friday, $17, presentation from Christopher Troksa from the Ringling Museum on John & Mable Ringling's life and the history on the museum, grounds and buildings. Inspirational speaker Jill Jackson's "Recipes for a Happy Life." Gary Reinstrom will play bagpipes in honor of Flag Day with Sam Lane on piano. RSVP by June 11 to 941-750-8786 or e-mail whc67 Stonecroft Ministries at cwcfl/id155.html.
TGIF: The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 7 p.m. Friday, free event featuring Junior Congregation, Shabbat Kiddush and prayers. Prizes for children! Sponsor a Kiddush for $150. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030 or email rabbi Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, twice monthly service, 7 p.m. Friday, June 13. Information: 941-755-1231 or email shalom Palmetto Build and OMC Prayer for the Market Place will join Washington Park Groups in front of Mount Raymond Church to clean up Washington Park and Memphis community trash in ditches, 7 a.m. Saturday, June 14. Community groups appeal for ditches to be paved over for safer biking and walking travels for families and children going to and from schools. Information: Pastor Lawrence Livingston 941-713-4492 or lclcornel.
Weird Animals: Faith United Methodist Church of Bradenton Vacation Bible School, 7215 First Ave. W., 9 a.m.-noon June 16-20, for children ages 3 through grade 5. Children meet new friends, watch amazing experiments, play games, enjoy lip-smacking treats, have adventures and hear incredible music. Information: 794-8067 or go to faithchurchum.org.
Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 27. Information: 941-755-1231 or email@example.com to say what dairy or pareve dish you will bring.
Torah studies: The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 9-9:30 a.m. Saturdays in July, discover the mystical meanings and lessons behind ancient stories. Free. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030 or e-mail rabbi 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7-11, includes projects at Robinson and Neal Preserve, University of Florida Palmetto urban horticulture garden, visit to Mote Marine Lab Aquarium, activities on Anna Maria Island beaches and kayaking excursion. Space limited, $25, call Kirkwood Presbyterian Church at 941-794-6229, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to register.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Information: 941-727-3789.Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Morning service times at 8, 9:15 and 10:45 Sunday. Sunday school during 9:15 service. Nursery 8 a.m. to noon. Information: Leslie Johnson, 941-981-3529.
Manatee Baptist Church: 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship services with the Rev. Steve Aaron. Information: 941-748-2339 or 941-723-3454.
Manatee County Meditation Group: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-915-1454.
Northminster Presbyterian Church: 10:30 a.m. summer service in new Sanctuary, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. At 9 a.m., Dick Murphy leads adult Bible study in Fellowship Hall. All Faiths Food Bank summer drive: Donate food staples (no glass containers) in the yellow barrel in the Narthex. Items needed most include canned meats and tuna, canned spaghetti and ravioli, canned fruit, pasta and dried beans. Pastor Christopher Carlson sermons online at npcsarasota.com. Information: 941-355-4729.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening of their new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Rev. Archbishop Jacob Longacre is first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment, 941-954-0330.
Parrish United Methodist Church: 8:15 a.m. Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m. CrossLight, 11:11 a.m. blended worship and 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Thrift cottage open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12210 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA, 12705 State Road 64, Lakewood Ranch, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday services. Information: 941-753-7778.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church: Father Glen Graczyk, 1010 24th Ave. W., Palmetto, 10 a.m. Sunday service. Attend Spanish service with Father Dick Lampert, 1 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-722-5292.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups at 1608 14th St. W. Contemplative-prayer groups at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Spanish Bible study and prayer and rosary group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-748-6835 or 941-795-0130.
Temple Beth El: a reform congregation, conducts Erev Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Shabbat services with Torah study at 10 a.m. Saturday, 4200 32nd St. W. Religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. Information: 941-755-4900.
Temple Emanu-El: Sisterhood Mitzvah Knitting Group, 10 a.m. second Tuesday of each month, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Knitters, crocheters welcome. Craft blankets, caps and booties for babies. Serving needy families or expectant mothers in Israel. Information: leader Susan Bernstein at susanhope22.
Transitions support group: 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, helps you deal with traumatic changes, discover resources and chart strategies to achieve goals with the help of professional counselors, D. Ross Thompson and Dr. Don Thompson. Meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday. Six sessions recommended. Information: 941-739-7103.